Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Radio Times Interview

Sir Elton John has admitted that without collaborations with modern musicians his career would be over.


The 65-year-old singer said to the Radio Times: "I had the sense to realise when I was at the height of my success in the mid-70s that it wouldn't last."

The star, who is presenting a new show on Radio 2, said that he has to pair up with current artists to stay relevant.

"Although I like having hits, I know it isn't going to happen unless I collaborate with (people like) Pnau. I've always tried to keep modern."

He added: "I don't take myself seriously, which is one reason I've lasted. Irreverence is a great British trait."

However, Elton also believes that his career is not over just yet as he said: "I would (give up) if I felt the voice had gone, but at 65 it's getting better and I'm in the prime of life."

The singer’s new show will focus on musicians and artists who inspired him in his own career, both old and new, but Elton did believe that female stars have harder time in the industry than men.

He said: "Madonna took the industry by the scruff of the neck, made opportunities for other women, like Gaga and Katy Perry.”

But “some (women) aren't good at handling their own careers".

He told the magazine: "Dusty Springfield was insecure, like a lot of women singers, including Amy Winehouse.

"It's tragic - Back to Black will sound as good in 50 years as it does today. She was one of the greatest, but if someone doesn't want to get well, they won't.

"Look at Billie Holiday. It's hard for women in this business. Some aren't good at handling their own careers."

- London Evening Standard

ELTON John believes his son Zachary's childhood is going to be "very difficult", battling homophobia and the impact of his father's fame.

The 65-year-old British star and his Canadian civil partner David Furnish, 49, became parents on December 25, 2010 to a child conceived using a donor egg and born via a surrogate mother.

But the singer-songwriter said he was preparing himself for what would be a tough time growing up for his son, who is now 19 months, he told the weekly British magazine Radio Times.

"At school other children will say, 'You don't have a mummy'," John said.

"We've come a long way, but there's still homophobia and will be until a new generation of parents don't instil it in their children."

He added on his son's upbringing: "It's natural for him. He calls me 'Daddy' and David 'Papa'."

John, whose 1997 remake of his 1973 hit Candle in The Wind sold 33 million copies, said the toddler did not yet have an understanding of his father's fame.

"When he finds out, he'll look at me as if I'm bonkers," he said.

"Being the child of someone famous is a huge ball and chain around your ankles. It's going to be very difficult."

John explained how he was trying to give his son a musical upbringing.

"I want music to be a huge part of his life. I sit him on my lap and he doesn't bang the piano," he said.

"He tries to copy me but he's not formed enough yet to know what I do, thank God."

John said that he introduced Zachary to classical composers Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven - as well as the children's song Nellie The Elephant - at a very young age, but that his son was more interested in football and cooking.

"I won't push Zachary into anything. So far, he just loves kicking a ball and watching people cook," he said.

John also praised Madonna - despite recently reigniting his spat with the US singer in an Australian television interview when he said she looked like a "fairground stripper" whose career was over.

"Madonna took the industry by the scruff of the neck, made opportunities for other women, like (Lady) Gaga and Katy Perry," he told the Radio Times.

He said of his own singing career: "I would (give up) if I felt the voice had gone, but at 65 it's getting better and I'm in the prime of life."

- Herald Sun

1 comment:

Simon George said...

Elton John truly is a gift to music. Add Bernie Taupin and you had something really special. I saw Elton with Leon Russel a couple years ago and ill never forget it. Great post keep up the hard work. Check these out IStillGotMyGuitar.